The Fox’s Den – Take Two
This is day 2 of 2 days at the Johnson’s home, where Mr. and Mrs. Fox also live with their two kits. How American can you get? BTW: while I’m thinking about it, The American Red Fox is not a native American species. Unlike the Red Fox of the western U.S and Canada, which came from Eurasia and was cut off from eastern U.S. by the Ice Age, the eastern Red Fox was introduced to eastern North American during the early 1700s—like most of us whose family crossed some ocean to get here. Since then it has been mixed with many other sub-species of fox that its DNA no longer resembles the European Red Fox. Well, enough of that! I’m back with more photos of our own variety of Vulpes.
American Red Fox Vulpes vulpes
This evening the Fox family arrived much later than yesterday. I’m guessing that my presence was a bit un-nerving to them. But also, yesterday, there were some local skeet shooters in a close enough sounding range to send the two adult foxes into a frenzy each time a volley of shots rang out. The kits didn’t seem scared, but the older folks probably had some prior experiences and memories.
Anyway, I arrived early enough to clear a good lens path. But of course my first sightings were in an entirely different direction—and through a wire fence. I began to think that “Murphy’s theorem” had become an axiom.
They were in the right place for a clear shot
The kits finally showed up it the right place for a clear shot. They romped and played faster than my shutter speed in the evening light.
Like all kits and kids, they get hungry.
So mom had to show up. The nice thing is, although cautious and wary, she seemed to accept my presence more than she did yesterday—as long as the captain kept an eye on me.
Did you ever try to out stare a fox or a cat?
It’s all for the sake of protecting the young.
Stay well until next time.
Again, thank you so much Carol and Rick!